The bidding process for the 2026 World Cup is set to begin in the coming months and CONCACAF’s three biggest countries are set to come together in an effort to host the world’s premier tournament.
According to the Guardian, CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani says that the U.S., Mexico and Canada are set to join together to submit a joint bid to host the 2026 tournament, the first to feature an expanded 48-team field. Montagliani says a joint bid would be “a fit” for the new format while adding that he expects a final decision “sometime this year”.
“Canada, the US and Mexico are aiming for a joint bid, the idea has been around for a while, discussions are continuing and it is a very exciting proposition if it comes to fruition,” Montagliani said. “We have had nothing but positive remarks about it and it is a very strong sign of what football can do to bring countries together.”
Bids are set to be submitted and evaluated starting in June with the process running until Dec. 2018. Evaluations of countries’ suitablity will be done from Jan. 2019 to Feb. 2020 with a final decision on the host set for Dec. 2020.